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Relief Pitcher Relief Pitcher - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

Relief Pitcher - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


Baseball game with play-by-play announcer, and option of playing a standard baseball game or playing as a relief pitcher through a series of games. Doesn't use real teams or players but allows operator to choose up to 4 cities for players to select from. Keeps detailed statistics.

Relief Pitcher was produced by Atari Games in 1992.

Atari Games released 88 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1984. Atari Games was based in United States.

Other machines made by Atari Games during the time period Relief Pitcher was produced include: Marble Madness 2 Marble Man, Steel Talons, Off The Wall, BMX Heat, Road Riot 4WD, Arcade Classics, Guardians Of The 'Hood, Moto Frenzy, Space Lords, and Sparkz


Name Relief Pitcher
Developer Atari Games (United States)
Year 1992
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 9296
Class Wide Release
Genre Sports
Conversion Class JAMMA
Game Specific Relief Pitcher Pinout
# Simultaneous Players 2
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Competitive
Control Panel Layout Multiple Player
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard

Game Play

Each player can select the throwing arm, throwing motion overhand or sidearm, and special pitch sinker, etc. for their pitcher. The three-button control allows each pitch to be a fastball, curveball, or special pitch and the joystick controls the location and movement. The batter can choose a standard swing, power swing, or bunt with the buttons. The player can choose to play a normal baseball game from start to finish or play as a relief pitcher, and finish up computer generated games starting in the 8th or 9th inning of each.

Relief Pitcher KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 2.78 (3 votes)

Fun Factor: 3.70

Overall Like 4.00
Fun (Social) 4.00
Fun (Solo) 3.50
Collector Desire 3.00

Technical Rating: 2.75

Gameplay 3.00
Graphics 4.00
Originality 3.50
Sound/Music 3.00

Personal Impressions and Technical Impressions each account for half of the total score. Within the Personal Impressions category, Like carries a little more weight than the other factors.

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The announcer is St. Louis Cardinals' broadcaster Jack Buck, and his likeness is even digitized.

Diehard Atari fans might recognize the names of some of the batters. Several batters are named after Atari employees, including the legendary Ed Rotberg.

While the game does not have an official Major League license, the ballparks for the four teams in the game are based on actual ballparks in Boston, Chicago, Houston, and Los Angeles. A setting in test mode allows up to 32 different cities to be used for the teams, but the ballparks remain the same.


The game offers an "All-Star" game after you make six relief appearances.

SOUND: The announcer calls the plays as they happen. Curiously, when creating your pitcher, one of the special pitches you can choose from is a "Rising Fastball". Even an overhand pitcher can throw this pitch in a game. In reality, though, you can't throw a rising fastball, it is physically impossible.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Relief Pitcher Census

There are 14,834 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,506 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 164,890 machines (6,918 unique titles).

Common - There are 42 known instances of this machine owned by Relief Pitcher collectors who are active members. Of these, 8 of them are original dedicated machines. 5 of them are conversions in which game circuit boards (and possibly cabinet graphics) have been placed in (and on) another game cabinet. 29 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There is one active VAPS member with a Relief Pitcher machine for sale. There are 5 active VAPS members with a Relief Pitcher circuit boards for sale.

Wanted - No active members have added this machine to their wish list.

This game ranks a 11 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

Rarity and Popularity independently are not necessarily indications of value. [More Information]



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